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Workers Rally In Phoenix For Higher Minimum Wage On Labor Day

Advocates for a higher minimum wage rallied in Phoenix on Monday as part of a national day of protest called "Fight for 15."

Clad in red shirts, supporters marched through the streets of downtown Phoenix. Many held signs promoting unions and chanted about the need for higher wages.

They eventually ended up outside of a McDonald’s restaurant, one of the targets of the national protest that organizers say are being held in hundreds of cities, spearheaded by the Service Employees International Union.

Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo said fast food chains need to do more for their employees.

“They are not giving them a decent wage. They are not giving them the health benefits they deserve. Today we say enough is enough,” he told a group of supporters.

Arizona actually just raised its minimum wage after voters passed Proposition 206 last year. That bumped the hourly pay to 10 dollars this year and eventually to $12 by 2020.

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Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.